The Golden Rule: Be Thankful

Matthew 7:12 says “So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.”

Dad and Daughter PrayingHidden in that single verse lies almost every secret to your total success.  Well known books such a Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill, Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki and Jack Canfield’s Chicken Soup for the Soul are all summed up or all have the conclusion that is Matthew 7:12.  You can read self-help book upon self-help book until you are blue in the face and you will get the same conclusion each and every time.  Each time you get to the end and find yourself realising that Matthew 7:12 is the thread through the entire book but each book simple threads it differently and each book takes you down a different path to get to the same destination.

Matthew 7:12 is though just part of the toolkit you need for success and the Golden Rule has a number of key elements that create the power it contains.  The first of the elements is the most important of all and it is Thankfulness.

Without being Thankful the Golden Rule becomes worthless, the precious Gold turns to rust and rust it turns to dust. Gratefulness is the keystone for everything that the Golden Rule stands for and the rule itself cannot truly be properly applied until all ungrateful thoughts and words have been removed.

Look at the Bible and especially the letters that Paul wrote to the various churches at the time. Paul was a person who lived by and applied the Golden Rule in every part of his life. He applied it during hardships, through times or toil and struggle and of course during the happy times. But one thing stands out in all his letters is that he was always eternally grateful and thankful before he even began to write or speak. The same came in closing, when Paul said farewell he always did it with a heart of thankfulness.

It is clear in both the Old Testament and the New Testament that those who achieved even minor greatness not only applied the Golden Rule but did much of what they did by being thankful.  The psalms clearly demonstrate thankfulness.

Jesus himself says on numerous occasions that you should be thankful as was Jesus himself even when climbing Calvary to hang and die on a cross. He knew what he had to do and he accepted it and in doing so was thankful that man would suffer no more, he knew the return He would deliver by saving mankind.

But so many who live by the Golden Rule will tell you they have nothing to be grateful or thankful for. The bills have piled up, they have lost their job or they have poor health are all pathetic excuses for not being thankful.  If only they would just lift their head up and away from their pity and problems and look around them.  Around them is so much to be grateful for that many don’t have, things we take for granted and things we just ignore.

If you are reading this you should be thankful as UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) estimates that there are 781 million adults, about 16% of the world population that are illiterate. Being able to read is something to be grateful for, so is being able to breath and so is the water that flows from your faucet and the apple you hold in your hand.  Freedom is something we take for granted but so rarely think of, we should all be grateful for Freedom as the modern world is fighting a new war on Terror all linked back to Freedom or a lack of freedom.

Thank You GodYou cannot apply the Golden Rule without being thankful. Being thankful is precisely what you would wish someone to think of or do for you and it is so oh so simple.

Thankfulness comes from the heart and should become something intentional and being grateful should become a habit.  If this can be done then the Golden Rule cannot just be properly applied but the results from apply it can be magnified considerably.

Saying “Thank you” can be done in many ways and sometimes when applying the Golden Rule you need to just go a little bit further than a simple thank you and sometimes it is in itself more than enough.  For those who want to go just that little bit further, not to boost an ego but to say thank you with added meaning the giving of a gift is often the way to go.  Giving a gift of precious metal has often been a way to say thank you but often giving jewellery is out of the question and giving a pile of Gold as in ancient biblical days just cannot happen.  But there is a way to give something precious like pure gold that won’t break the bank and won’t make the givers ego swell up like a balloon. 

Fractional Gold Bullion from the Noble Mint is the perfect way to give precious metals such as Gold to someone to say thank you or simply make a statement of appreciation.  Knowing that you are giving something of value already means to respect the person you are giving to and it is certainly something you would wish anyone do for you and thus the Golden Rule is applied. 

So go on, be thankful and then give someone something special to say thank you or just because you want to bless them.

 

Matt Newnham is a Christian, Writer and Speaker. He is a single father and lives in Cape Town, South Africa. Matt is passionate about life and success and his ability to touch the heart of readers has earned him the title “The Master of Emotional Appeal” Follow Matt on Twitter @MattNewnhamZA and on his Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/mattwjnewnham

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